Just signed up to this forum as it seems to have a wealth of knowledge.
On the 6th, my wife and I rescued an 8 week puppy from an Animal shelter:
She's a Staffy cross Border Collie (we think) and she is a lovely little dog.
She started of very shy but she is getting quite comfortable with her new environment now which is great.
One issue I am having with her is that she doesn't seem keen on walks, particularly in the morning.
I leave for work fairly early so I like to take her for a 15-20min walk at 6:30.
But, she is all happy until I open the front door. Then the trouble begins.
She just sits and refuses to move, even if I give her a tug on the collar.
First I tried carrying her a few houses down and then putting her down but again, she sits straight away and won't have a bar of it.
Even when I get to the park and take take her off her leash she still just sits refusing to move an inch in any direction other than back towards the house.
If I start back towards the house she breaks out into a run.
The odd thing is that when we first got her, she was quite happy to come along for a quick walk.
The other reason I am worries is because I noticed she was knuckling over ever so slightly which I read is causes by having puppies on hard/polished floors (we have floorboards) and diet. We have adjusted her diet already and this has helped, but I want to take her on walks as much as possible in the grassy park as running around on grass helps build strenght in her little joints.
The only thing I haven't tried is to take a toy with me, but considering even her favorite treats don't lure her from her stubborn sitting protest, I'm not sure this will help.
Is it normal for puppies to not what to leave the house THIS much?
It's not the leash as we can put that on her inside and in the backyard was she is happy and running around. Just as soon as we try to go on a walk.
Any input is greatly appreciated.